NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Nora become a hurricane


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IMAGE: On March 23 at 12: 36 a.m. EDT (0436 UTC) a noticeable picture of Hurricane Nora was obtained from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite as it continued …
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NASA satellite images revealed that Hurricane Nora established an eye as it enhanced into a typhoon north of Australia. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite supplied forecasters with a noticeable picture of the storm, previously called Hurricane 16 P.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology or ABM released cautions and expect Nora. A Caution Zone is in impact from the mouth of the Gilbert River to Thursday Island, consisting of Weipa. The Watch Zone extends from the Northern Territory/Queensland border to the mouth of the Gilbert River.

On March 23 at 12: 36 a.m. EDT (0436 UTC) the Noticeable Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite caught a noticeable picture of Hurricane Nora as it continued moving in between northern Australia and New Guinea. The image was developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and revealed an eye surrounded by effective thunderstorms covering into the low-level center of flow.

At 5 a.m. EST (0900 UTC) on March 23, the center of Hurricane Nora was 438 nautical miles east-northeast of Darwin, Australia near 11.0 degrees south latitude and 138.5 degrees east longitude. Nora was approaching the southeast near 15 miles per hour (13 knots/24 kph). Optimum sustained winds were near 75 miles per hour (65 knots/120 kph) making Nora a Classification 1 cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson cyclone wind scale.

Nora is anticipated to continue reinforcing and moving southeast into the Gulf Carpentaria.

ABM kept in mind on March 23 “Serious Hurricane Nora continues to magnify as a Classification 3 strength cyclone as it moves southeasterly throughout the northern Gulf of Carpentaria. The Hurricane is anticipated to reach Classification 4 strength throughout Saturday while over the northeast Gulf of Carpentaria. On Sunday, the Hurricane is anticipated to take a more southerly track and move to the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, although a seaside crossing anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Mapoon throughout Saturday afternoon or Sunday is likewise possible. By Monday, the Hurricane is anticipated to end up being sluggish moving over the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria or inland of the coast.”

The Joint Tropical cyclone Caution Center’s prolonged projection requires Nora to approach Mornington Island on March 26 and make landfall in southwestern Queensland on March 27.

For projection updates, go to ABM: http://www.bom.gov.au

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